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Kill the Queen

Crown of Shards Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)
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Summary

Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Elemental Assassin series - an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future - or if she even has one - Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself...and kill the queen.

©2018 Jennifer Estep (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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glad I stuck to it

I almost stopped listening as the start didn't spark my interest. it took a while to get into the story but I'm glad I did and I can't wait for the next book.

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I loved this powered through it fast! Addictive!

I loved this so much! One of the best books I've listened to in ages. Captivating world and characters woven in to a story I couldn't wait for the end of but so so sad when it finished because it means I have to wait for the next book to be published. Great narrator essay to listen to.

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Another brilliant book.

I loved it, I can't wait to see what happens in book two, bring it on.

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  • Mrs S
  • herefordshire, uk
  • 08-11-18

Couldn't stop listening

Started listening to this book yesterday whilst decorating my daughter's house. Finished it tonight whilst cleaning my own! Really enjoyed following the feisty heroine and her friends. Highly recommended.

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Fantastic

Brilliant first novel to kick off a great new series. if you love the spider books then the characters and story do not disappoint. Cannot wait for the second instalment. Do not make us wait too long!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-12-18

Loved it.

Fell in love with it and can't wait until the next one in the series comes out. I had a hard time stopping it so that I could go to sleep to get some rest before I had to go to work and then I would listen to it on the way to work.

Both the author and the narrator did good jobs at making this book come alive and my imagination soar to what might come next.

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  • carey archer
  • 15-10-18

Many of the same things Gin Blanco has

The story is very good it builds up to a great ending a little stereo typical, and if you read any of the elemental assassin/Jen Blanco series you’ll find so many similarities down to some of the same names, powers (ice), special abilities/ talents(cooking) and concepts. But overall, still super happy with it.

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  • Dee
  • 27-12-18

Loved it!

Jennifer Estep was one of the first books I purchased through Audible a few years ago. I loved her writing and for whatever reason, totally forgot that fact. I'm so glad to have found this new series!!

I love the worlds that Estep brings to life. The elemental magic aspects of her characters are unique and make for a variety of dramatic opportunities.

This listen was so good on so many levels! The main character, Lady Everleigh, was sympathetic and by all accounts, a reluctant hero. She was the very essence of 'greatness being thrust upon her.'

The narrator was equally awesome. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • sarah sperry
  • 18-11-18

Marvelous

Truly enjoyed this story. Fun characters, interesting heroine, and delightful setting. A little predictable at times but still enjoyed hearing how it all played out. Can't wait for the next! Excellent narrator

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  • Jennifer
  • 14-11-18

Great potential!

Kill the Queen; a Crown of Shards novel by Jennifer Estep came out just a couple weeks ago. It didn’t pop up on my radar until people started talking about it on Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock page. Seeing as those people are my people, I decided to give it a look. I am super glad I did and you will be too!!!!

While the premise is not really all that original, Estep’s characters are creative and her storytelling is imaginative. You want to like all the good guys and easily hate all the bad guys. The Magics are wonderful and fun, though I would like a bit more in-depth knowledge of where the magic comes from. They test to see who is magically inclined, but Having read a lot of supernatural books, etc.... I would like more detail.

I am anxious to see where this series goes. I don’t normally look for a lot of sexy talk, but the two main characters need some heat.

I listened to the audio, the narrator, Lauren Fortang, is GREAT!! I will look for more from her.

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  • Kelly
  • 10-11-18

Long Live the Queen!!

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Long Live the Queen!!!

What a wonderful wonderful first book in a series. I was hooked from the very first page of this book. I love Everleigh (aka Evie)!! She is awesome, tough and not willing to give up even when the odds are 100% against her. I can’t wait to see how much she grows in this series. And Sully oh man I sure hope I know where Ms. Estep is taking him :D.

As with all first books there is a lot of world building but Ms. Estep is extremely talented at keeping the story from getting bogged down by all the information you are getting.

I had the great pleasure of listening to Lauren Fortgang bring Jennifer Estep characters to life. This was my first book narrated by Ms. Fortgang. I really enjoyed the way that she handled each character. I look forward to listening to more books narrated by Ms. Fortgang.

Just remember someone always wants to kill the Queen.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. I also purchased an audio copy of this book to listen to. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-18

loved this book

the story and plot were great. the narrator was excellent. The only issue I have now is finding the next books in the series. They are unavailable everywhere.

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  • Patricia W.
  • 05-11-18

more than worth the credit

This is the first book by this author that I have read and I am impressed. The story line caught my attention right away along with the narration. Do not pass up this book. You won't regret it. The only thing that makes me sad is finishing a great book and not knowing when book 2 will come out. So what are you waiting for?stop reading the reviews and by this book now and be swept away on a really great ride.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-10-18

Unexpected

This was an unexpected surprise; was not sure if I would like the book when I bought it. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series. Will have to read other books by this author. Narrator did a great job.

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  • Anastasia Alexandrin
  • 12-10-18

Heart pounding and thrilling.

I was interested from the very start. I loved the story and how it evolved. I couldn’t stop listening until it was done. I highly recommend it! The narrator was great the pace was perfect. Looking forward to the next one!

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